This week, the stars were aligned to provide us with a very dense news from an esport point of view. We will focus mainly on three games that we particularly appreciate: Fortnite, League of Legends, and Apex Legends.
The World Cup Fortnite
This weekend hosted the first regional qualifying phase for the World Cup Final, which will take place in New York from 26th to 28th July. It should be noted that Europe has the highest number of slots to the final, i.e. 8, while North America has to settle for 6 slots. Here is the list of the 8 qualified players on the European server:
- E11 Stompy
- TQ Prisi0n3r0
- NRG benjyfishy
- hREDS BELAEU
- LDLC Nayte
- S2V DiegoGB
- TrainH DRG
It should be recalled that the final has a total cash prize of 30 million dollars! With 3 million dollars for the overall winner.
We can express our opinion on the fact that Epic Games did not get lazy and organized a competition of a great magnitude, with such a reward. Some games took much longer to launch their esport scene, with less resources as well. However, it is regrettable that there is no real “national” opposition despite the name “World Cup”. Indeed, like League Of Legends Worlds competition, it is more a clash between teams than a real world cup between nations. This is a strategic choice, which we can question when we see the enthusiasm that the World Cup of Nations had brought to Overwatch.
As for our young wolves, we had 3 qualified for the final on Sunday: ZQ, RIA, and FloG! And we are very happy because our newest player ZQ and FloG finished respectively top 1500 and top 1000 and get their first cashprize! RIA has not succeeded enough in getting his number of points up… But we have no doubt that he will have other chances!
The end of the Summer split on League of Legends
This weekend marked the end of the first part of the season in the various regional League of Legends championships. In North America, the final opposed Team Liquid who outclassed TSM winning 3-2 despite a score of 0-2 before the third game. Bjergsen and his team could not react against sharp Doublelift and Jensen.
In Europe, G2 crushed Origen 3-0 leaving no room for doubt, even allowing themselves to dispatch the last game in 19 minutes! The structure created and managed by Carlos “Ocelote” Rodriguez just won its 5th continental title, which comes as no great surprise as they have maintained their position at the top of the LEC rankings for much part of season 1.
Finally, the return of kings! The Korean championship has crowned this season the three-time world champion team, now named T1. The red-and-whites, embodied by the emblematic Faker, have risen to the top of the LCK after a very tough season. Mostly since they won the title with a solid 3-0 win over Griffin.
Apex Legends’ TwitchRivals
The Apex phenomenon continues to develop. EA has decided to take advantage of the Twitch convention in Europe, TwitchCon Europe Showdown, and the TwitchRivals format to organize its first major tournament in physical. Despite their position as favourites, the NRG esport team finished second behind Snape, composed of HusKers, Sweetdreams and Dropped. The overall cash prize was $500,000, which is a very promising amount for a first tournament. It is difficult to know what the next steps in Apex competitive circuit will be, but it promises well for the future if EA keeps investing in its golden game.
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